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The Books

Don’t want to read all the gritty details? Just want to know what books I’m reading/or have read?

This is the list!


Book 1 — Channel Islands: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Book 2 — Ireland: In the Woods by Tana French

Book 3 — UK: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Book 4 — Norway: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Book 5 — Sweden: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Book 6 — Estonia: Things in the Night by Mati Unt

Book 7 — Ukraine: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Book 8 — Romania: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Book 9 — Bulgaria: Natural Novel by Georgi Gospodinov

Book 1o — Greece: Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Book 11 — Albania: Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare

Book 12 — Bosnia: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Book 13 — Hungary: The Bridge at Andau by James Michener

Book 14 — Poland: In the Memory of the Forest by Charles Powers

Book 15 — Czech Republic: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Book 16 — Austria: The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Book 17 — Italy: A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Book 18 — Switzerland: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

Book 19 — Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book 20 — The Netherlands: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Book 21 — France: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Book 22 — Spain: Shadow of the Wind by  Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Book 23 — Algeria: The Stranger by Albert Camus

Book 24 — Morocco: Secret Son by Laila Lalami

Book 25 — Senegal: God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane

Book 26 — Sierra Leone: Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Book 27 — Ghana: Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Book 28 — Nigeria: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Book 29 — DR of Congo: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Book 30 — Angola: The Book of the Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Book 31 — Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Book 32 — South Africa: Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Book 33 — Zimbabwe: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Book 34 — Zambia: The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell

Book 35 — Madagascar: The Sapphire Sea by John B. Robinson

Book 36 — Rwanda: We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

Book 37 — Kenya: A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Book 38 — Ethiopia: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Book 39 — Egypt: The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

The Middle East:

Book 40 — Israel: A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua

Book 41 — Turkey: Bliss by OZ Livaneli

Book 42 — Russia: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Book 43 — Iraq: Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq by “Riverbend”

Book 44 — Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

Book 45 — Yemen: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali

Book 46 — Iran: Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

Book 47 — Afghanistan: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Book 48 — Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Book 49 — India: Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald

Book 50 — Sri Lanka: Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

Book 51 — Nepal: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Book 52 — Burma/Myanmar: Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Book 53 — Laos: The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Book 54 — Thailand: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Book 55 — Cambodia: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Book 56 — Vietnam: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

Book 57 — China: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Book 58 — North Korea: Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi

Book 59 — Japan: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Book 60 — The Philippines: The Tesseract By Alex Garland

Book 61: — Malaysia: The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

Book 62: — Singapore: Foreign Bodies by Hwee Hwee Tan

Book 63 — Indonesia: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

The South Pacific/Oceania/Australia:

Book 64 — Australia: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Book 65 — New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Book 66 — Samoa: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

Book 67 — Kiribati: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Marteen Troost

South America:

Book 68 — Chile: Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

Book 69 — Argentina: Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton

Book 70 — Uruguay: Alive by Piers Paul Read

Book 71 — Brazil: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Book 72 — Bolivia: I am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis

Book 73 — Peru: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Book 74 — Ecuador: The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepulveda

Book 75 — Columbia: Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

North America:

Book 76 — The Dominican Republic: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Book 77 — Honduras: The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux

Book 78 — Mexico: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Book 79 — USA: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Book 80 — Canada: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

NON-CHALLENGE books also read in 2010:

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Plum Bun by Jessie Redmen Fauset

Lush Life by Richard Price

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2010 8:25 am

    I stumbled upon your site when I checked the tags on Khaled Hosseini.
    I love your project! I am seriously thinking of getting a Kindle (extremely difficult to get good books where I am) and do like you are doing. Will be back to pick books from your list. =D


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